By: Joseph Middleton
Disclaimer: I have no affiliation with the seller, I'm just reporting something that I believe is interesting.
If you've wanted to own a piece of Golden Era Gospel History, look no further than 4901 S. Woodlawn Ave. in the Hyde Park section of Chicago. What's so special about this house? Well, according to a 1960 article published the Chicago Defender, it once served as the residence of the one and only Roberta Martin. Boy, if those walls could talk, who knows how many prolific songs were composed inside that home and how many gospel greats graced those steps at the front?
The 1902 build home, designed by noted architect Howard Van Doren Shaw, is listed as having 7 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, a 2 car garage (which most likely housed her Cadillac which took the singers all across the nation during their heyday) and is 8000 square feet. That's a mighty nice residence for a black gospel singer from the golden era if you ask me, heck, that's nice for anyone in 2010!
You're probably wondering how I came across this. Well, I googled the address after finding it in the article and that's what popped up in the results. It was interesting to find out to say the least. So, if you have $1.9 million to plunk down and want to own a piece of gospel music history, I'd say this is the house for you.
More info on the home: http://lucidrealty.com/homes-for-sale/Chicago_Kenwood/single_family_homes/4901-S-Woodlawn/
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